Luton Borough Council has awarded VolkerHighways a highway maintenance, major projects and professional services contract that could be worth £200m over 15 years.
The contract began on 1 January and is due to run for 10 years, with a possible five years of extensions, totalling £200m.
The council said it combines the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme contracting model with an ‘innovative approach to work’.
It includes major projects and professional design services, in association with The Project Centre, highway maintenance works to carriageways, footways and street lighting, together with winter maintenance and gully cleansing, as well as 24/7 cover for emergency repairs.
Cllr Paul Castleman, Luton's portfolio holder for highways, said: ‘This is a unique milestone for the council, with a 10-year collaboration with VolkerHighways and The Project Centre to help us improve the quality of our infrastructure and to support the delivery of Luton’s £1.5bn Investment Framework.’
VolkerHighways managing director Alistair Thompson said: ‘VolkerHighways looks forward to working collaboratively with Luton Borough Council in this exciting new agreement which brings together all the highways infrastructure disciplines, from design to routine and reactive maintenance as well as lighting and winter gritting.’
The company has already worked with Luton on several standalone schemes, such as surfacing works on the Luton Dunstable Busway and pedestrianisation works within Luton town centre.
The council said the new contract supports its wider corporate objectives, including an asset management-based approach to infrastructure delivery, and is available for use by neighbouring authorities.